MSI RTX 3050 with 15W lower power consumption
In January NVIDIA introduced its entry-level RTX 30 GPU called RTX 3050. This was a long-overdue launch, primarily due to 2021 market situation with heavily inflated GPU pricing. This card is now getting a mid-life update.
Unlike RTX 3050 Laptop series, which came with GA107 GPU, the desktop variant that was unveiled featured GA106 processor with 2560 CUDA cores. What is important is that this GA106 variant is not the full implementation of this NVIDIA Ampere processor (which features up to 3840 cores).
NVIDIA eventually released an OEM version of RTX 3050 with fewer cores (2304) but also with the GA107 GPU. As it turns out, NVIDIA is now shipping a third variant of RTX 3050 with GA107 GPU but also 2560 cores.
The first of such cards has been spotted over MSI website, where a card called Ventus 2X 8G OCV1 can be seen with 2560 CUDAs, 8GB 14Gbps 128-bit memory and power consumption of 115W. This is important because the former version of this card (simply called OC without V1) had a power consumption of 130W. This means that the GPU change alone contributed to 15W lower TDP.